Books by S.J. Rozan

GHOST HERO by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Pleasantly foolish, insubstantial and harmless, though Bill's extended turn as Oblomov is a little hard to take. Are the lowlife creeps who chase high art really that gullible?"
Now that she's been rescued from her kidnappers (On the Line, 2010, etc.), Chinatown PI Lydia Chin deserves a bit of a holiday: a madcap search for some paintings that may or may not be authentic, and may or may not actually exist. Read full book review >
ON THE LINE by S.J. Rozan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"All the twists you'd expect from Rozan, but speeded up within an inch of their lives, just like the summer movie this yarn ought to spawn."
Lydia Chin's been kidnapped, and Bill Smith has only 12 action-packed hours to find her. Read full book review >
THE SHANGHAI MOON by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Rozan (In This Rain, 2006, etc.) plots as expansively and ambitiously as ever, though the 1938 back story is more touching—and certainly easier to follow—than the present-day mayhem. Welcome back, Lydia and Bill."
"I'm back," Lydia Chin tells her mother, and so she is, following the long hiatus since Winter and Night (2002), to track down a fabled brooch that's at the root of violence past and present. Read full book review >
IN THIS RAIN by S.J. Rozan
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"An exuberant celebration of the rainbow city in all its crime-drenched glory. "
The author of the Lydia Chin-Bill Smith mysteries follows up her ambitious 9/11 novel (Absent Friends, 2004) with an equally wide-ranging anatomy of construction skullduggery. Read full book review >
ABSENT FRIENDS by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"The connections, in fact, are unsurprising and anticlimactic, especially after the long buildup. But Rozan pulls off a group portrait that's both grandly scaled and painfully intimate. It's a pleasure to see all the stuff she's been hoarding over those ten years with her p.i. duo."
After eight mysteries mining the complicated relationship between private eyes Lydia Chin and Bill Smith (the Edgar-winning Winter and Night, 2002, etc.), Rozan makes her crossover bid with an ambitious study of a 9/11 hero's clay feet. Read full book review >
WINTER AND NIGHT by S.J. Rozan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 25, 2002

"Her masterly take on one of the genre's classic tropes—the sins of the fathers waiting to bear poisonous fruit for their children—is worthy of that trope's own spiritual father, Ross Macdonald."
No sooner has private eye Bill Smith pried his runaway nephew Gary Russell loose from the cops who picked him up for rolling a drunk than Gary's taken off again, moments after telling Uncle Bill that his father would be cool with whatever it is he's on his way to do. Read full book review >
REFLECTING THE SKY by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Bill, whose alternation with his partner (Stone Quarry, 1999, etc.) brings him up to bat next, will find it tough to top her this time."
Though two of her brothers were born in Hong Kong, New York shamus Lydia Chin has never been there, so she's eager to run the errand her old family friend Grandfather Gao asks by delivering the ashes of another family friend, Wei Yao-Shi, to his son Steven for burial. Read full book review >
STONE QUARRY by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Though Rozan only borrows from the best, Bill and Lydia's sixth features a few too many echoes of The Big Sleep (the constant shootings and beatings, the tangled mystery, the last buried secret) to scale the heights of No Colder Place (1997) and A Bitter Feast (1998)."
Rozan's highly regarded traversal of p.i. subgenres leaves the city for the poisoned arcadia of upstate Schoharie, where Bill Smith's been vacationing for 18 years without disturbing any dust. Read full book review >
A BITTER FEAST by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"If you still don't know Lydia and Bill, you'll never have a better chance to meet them. (Author tour)"
Chi-Chun Ho, an organizer for the restaurant workers whom Lydia Chin's old friend Peter Lee is trying to unionize, has disappeared from his apartment, and so have all three of his roommates, two other waiters and a busboy at the Dragon Garden, the Chinatown landmark owned by the powerful (and union-phobic) H.B. Yang. Read full book review >
NO COLDER PLACE by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1997

"Chin mysteries (Mandarin Plaid, 1996, etc.). (Author tour)"
It's a lucky thing for p.i. Read full book review >
MANDARIN PLAID by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1996

"Lydia's still an appealing heroine, but this vehicle is plotted within an inch of its life, without the controlling vision that made her first two novels (Concourse, 1995; China Trade, 1994) so provocative."
It sounds like a simple job for Lydia Chin: deliver a $50,000 ransom for the stolen sketches of fledgling designer Genna Jing's initial collection. Read full book review >
CONCOURSE by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"Richly and rewardingly plottedthough, as in Bill and Lydia's debut, there are as many felonies and perps as on the eleven o'clock news."
Chinatown p.i. Read full book review >
CHINA TRADE by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"But Rozan's fast-moving first novel presents her Asian-American cast and their world with a delicacy that goes far beyond local color."
New York private eye Lydia Chin gets no respect. Read full book review >